From Springer Mountain Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Daystar reports "We made it" Mahoosuc Notch

Daystar texted early this morning that she and Gribley would be hiking what's considered to be the 5 hardest miles on the AT. What's a parent to do but pray all day for their safety!  Here's a description:

Mahoosuc Notch is a deep gap in the Mahoosuc Range of western Maine. The boulders on this mile-long section of trail present obstacles that must be climbed over and sometimes under, creating a unique hiking experience. There are occasional ten-foot drops, and places where packs must be removed to squeeze beneath a boulder.  Many thru-hikers call this stretch one of the slowest on the  trail. This so-called "killer mile" or the "Toughest Mile" is a very tough section that can cause even the most experienced hikers to slow down.

Around 8:30 pm, I got this text:  "We made it!!  Lots of fun, crazy climbing.  Definitely not the hardest part of the trail for me.  Coming down Moosilauke and that terrible rocky day in PA were way worse."   She and Gribley hiked Mahoosuc Notch and Mahoosuc Arm, and they were at Speck Pond Shelter for the night.  Speck Pond is the highest body of water in Maine.  They're shooting for Andover by Saturday morning.  Here are two pics of Gribley on the rocks of Mahoosu Notch.


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